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Selinaris Gorge

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Located approximately 45km east of Heraklion and 21km west of Agios Nikolaos, the Gorge Sellinari is nestled on the eastern slopes of Selena Mount, draining the valley west of Vrachassi. This gorge is a well-known location for all Cretans as the National Road from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos runs along it. Historically, it served as the natural passage from the region of Lassithi to the fertile north coasts of Heraklion.

The dense vegetation of Selinari can be enjoyed either by car or by taking a leisurely walk until its exit near Milatos. A route worth exploring is the old National Road, which runs parallel to the New Road and winds through the gorge. The gorge walls and surrounding mountains provide a haven for many birds of prey. Selinari was once a refuge for the rare Cretan wild goat, but sadly, it is now extinct. Several springs are scattered around the area, but the most renowned attraction is the historic Saint George Monastery. For the Cretans, it is considered a bad omen to pass a gorge without stopping at the monastery. This belief stems from the past when the Selinari Monastery served as a rest stop for travelers and their animals.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Selinaris Gorge located?

Selinaris Gorge is located in the Lasithi Region of Crete, Greece.

What is Selinaris Gorge?

Selinaris Gorge is a natural canyon located in the eastern part of Crete. It is known for its stunning rock formations, lush vegetation, and crystal-clear waters.

How long is Selinaris Gorge?

The length of Selinaris Gorge is approximately 1.5 kilometers.

Is Selinaris Gorge suitable for hiking?

Yes, Selinaris Gorge is a popular hiking destination in Crete. The trail is well-marked and relatively easy, making it suitable for hikers of all levels.

What is the best time to visit Selinaris Gorge?

The best time to visit Selinaris Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is at its most vibrant. However, it is possible to visit the gorge year-round.

Is there an entrance fee to Selinaris Gorge?

No, there is no entrance fee to Selinaris Gorge.

Are there any facilities near Selinaris Gorge?

There are no facilities near Selinaris Gorge, so it is recommended to bring your own food and water. There are also no toilets or restrooms along the trail.

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Stays near Selinaris Gorge

  • 9.7 / 10
  • Epano Sissi

Boasting mountain views, Sissi – Villa Eleftheria offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 1.7 km from Boufos Beach. This villa has a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa is fitted with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

Avlaki Beach is 1.8 km from the villa, while Kalimera Kriti Beach is 2.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 38 km from Sissi – Villa Eleftheria.

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€141

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  • 1.5 km
  • 9.8 / 10
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House of Polymnia has mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, situated in Sissi, 2.2 km from Boufos Beach.

The holiday home provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and a private bathroom with bath and a hair dryer. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

House of Polymnia features a barbecue and a garden.

Kalimera Kriti Beach is 2.2 km from the accommodation, while Avlaki Beach is 2.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 38 km from House of Polymnia.

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€81

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  • 1.7 km
  • 10 / 10
  • επανω σισι

Offering garden views, Malena Apartment is an accommodation located in Sísion, 1.7 km from Avlaki Beach and 2 km from Kalimera Kriti Beach. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1.5 km from Boufos Beach, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi.

The apartment features 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are featured in the apartment.

The apartment has a garden and sun terrace, which can be enjoyed by guests if the weather permits.

Lake Voulismeni is 25 km from Malena Apartment, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 29 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 37 km from the accommodation.

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€75

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  • 1.7 km
  • 9.5 / 10
  • επανω σισι

Located in Sísion and only 1.5 km from Boufos Beach, Malena Residence provides accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This holiday home offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The holiday home with a terrace and sea views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

The holiday home has a barbecue and a garden, which can be enjoyed by guests if the weather permits.

Avlaki Beach is 1.7 km from Malena Residence, while Kalimera Kriti Beach is 2 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 37 km from the accommodation.

  • 1.7 km
  • 10 / 10
  • Vrachasi

Located in Vrachasi and only 19 km from Lake Voulismeni, Villa Aires provides accommodation with sea views, free WiFi and free private parking. With mountain views, this accommodation offers a terrace and a swimming pool.

Featuring a Blu-ray player, the villa has a kitchen with a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 5 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms with a bath and a shower. Towels and bed linen are featured in the villa.

The villa offers a barbecue.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 32 km from Villa Aires, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.

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€412

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  • 2.0 km
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Village, Pirgos, Sisi 724 00

Carob Villas, an Eco-Friendly Hideaway features pool views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Sísion, 2.9 km from Boufos Beach.

The villa provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and a private bathroom with shower and a hair dryer. A stovetop and kitchenware are also provided, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Guests can swim in the pool with a view, go fishing or hiking, or relax in the garden and use the barbecue facilities.

Lake Voulismeni is 25 km from Carob Villas, an Eco-Friendly Hideaway, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 27 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 35 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€213

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